We were delighted to welcome Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner in Scotland, to Kibble earlier this week. This was Bruce’s first visit to Kibble and he joined us for a whistle-stop tour, catching up with young people in our residential services and the Safe Centre, before taking part in the fortnightly Who Cares? Scotland participation group.
During the group, young people discussed lots of different topics. At previous participation groups they’d talked in-depth about what young people can legally do in Scotland and at what age, with a strong focus on entertainment such as cinema, social media and DVD ratings.
The young people’s thoughts and comments were captured in a poster and this was used as a discussion point with Bruce to talk about the differences experienced by young people living in a care setting and their non-care experienced peers.
At Kibble, we place great importance on young people having the opportunity to voice their opinions and input into decisions that affect them. There are various ways young people can do this such as school council meetings, consultations, through their key worker, house meetings etc. This was also a great opportunity for young people to have their say and be listened to.
Bruce will be chairing the annual European Federation of Conflict Management in Education and Care (EFeCT) Symposium in Glasgow city centre on 15 May. This year’s event, ‘Enriching Young Lives: Therapeutic Steps Toward Healing the Hurt’ will be hosted by Kibble and will explore trauma-informed perspectives in working alongside children and young people.